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Compilation of Environmental, Threats, and Animal data for Cetacean Population Health Analyses

Implementing Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Marine Mammals

Project Description

This project is developing a data platform to provide user-friendly access to datasets for assessing the health of whales and dolphins and the stressors that threaten them. The short name for data platform, CETACEAN, comes the from the capitalized letters in the project's formal name: Compilation of Environmental, Threats, and Animal data for CEtacean population health ANalyses. The key outcome of the project is a cloud-based web application that provides access to the best available data about the health of and threats to Gulf of Mexico whales and dolphins. The project supports the Trustees’ goal to implement integrated approaches for restoring injured marine mammals throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, information on Gulf whales and dolphins is collected and provided by a variety of organizations using different data formats and services. This project is bringing those datasets together in a user-friendly platform with comprehensive data management capabilities. This is intended to assist Trustees, restoration planners, responders, and conservation managers in assessing the health of and threats to whale and dolphin populations in the Gulf and to provide integrated information to inform decision makers on the development of restoration activities and the assessment of restoration effectiveness. In addition, the platform will inform decision making for timely and effective responses. To ensure that the CETACEAN platform meets the needs of end users and incorporates the best available information, the project team is working with a team of key collaborators on both planning and implementation and is providing opportunities on "More Info" link below


Thomas Dolan
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